The Hidden Gems in the Heart of Alicanteâ€¦ Guardamar del Segura and Beniarda
|December 27, 2011||Posted by Chris under Travel Destinations|
A lot of people are looking for the perfect getaway, a place where they can enjoy the company of people when they want to and hibernate themselves when they need to. Because of this, low lying mountainous regions that are near tourist spots such as beaches are becoming more and more famous worldwide basically because you can have your fill of socialization at the beach and relax your body and soul by yourself atop a mountain. This is exactly what Guardamar del Segura, Spain has to offer.
Guardemar is to be found to the south of Elche and Alicante City.Â This Mediterranean seaside resort town has everything to offer for the tourist. There are several miles of pristine sandy beaches which are carefully manicured every morning. You will also find a town which is bustling with nightlife, shops, and a wide variety of market stalls on Wednesday.
It is one of those perfectly positioned towns that will allow you to relax on the fine stretches of beautiful Mediterranean beach or tour into the mountains of the Costa Blanca in search of hidden gems.Â One of those hidden gems is Beniarda Located between the reservoir of Guadelest Castle and Serrella sierra, Beniarda is one of the many mountain villages of Alicante, Spain. This small village is inhabited by less than five hundred people with the main industry being agriculture. Their main products include olives and various fruits which they export worldwide.
Just like most of the towns and villages in Alicante, Spain, this mountain village traces its roots to Moorish occupation, although exact records of year and dates have not been established. Evidence of Islamic occupation can be traced to the architecture found in the village most especially in the houses of Calle de la Torre. Soon thereafter, Catholics have invaded the village as evidenced by a 16th century church of St. Joan Bautista. Two separate architectures can also be witnessed in this village â€“ the Font Vella and Font de la Mesquita.
Because Beniarda is located in the mountainous regions of Alicante, it is uncommon for travelers to stay in this area. However, the retreat and isolation it gives to the weary tourist makes it more and more common for people to visit it for an entire day. There are also nearby attractions to this village for people who are looking for a taste of adventure.
Other towns in the vicinity also offer modern facilities such as sports centers, water parks and high end accommodations.
The location of the village makes the weather cooler than most low lying towns in Alicante, Spain. You will experience a little bit of chill during mornings and evenings but the sun shining brightly makes it temperate during afternoon.
Accommodations might come hard in Beniarda mainly because the village is not really a tourist destination per se. It would be best to look for accommodations in nearby towns and villages and visit the village for a day trip just to enjoy the relaxing outdoors of the mountains. All in all, this village is perfect for people who are seeking refuge from the toxic life in the city and those who do not need modern facilities and constant communication to the outside world. Definitely, this village will give your soul a much needed facelift and will let you ponder on life and its complexities.
So, if you plan on visiting the province of Alicante for your vacation, whether that be to the seaside town of Guardamar or the quiet mountain village of Beniarda, you will find it hard not to find plenty of fantastic things to do and see, making this one of the premier destinations of Spain and Europe.